The Supreme Court is putting on hold court orders in Michigan and Ohio to redraw electoral maps that federal judges found were too partisan.
The high court action comes Friday as it is weighing cases from Maryland and North Carolina that raise similar issues and could affect redistricting everywhere.
The order from the justices does not telegraph the outcome of the redistricting cases that are expected to be decided by the end of June. It more likely reflects that whatever the court decides probably will affect rulings that struck down legislative and congressional districts in Michigan and congressional districts in Ohio.
Ohio lawmakers faced a June 14 deadline to draw new congressional districts, or have the courts do it for them. The deadline in Michigan was Aug. 1.